Patti Lean Exhibition at Ottersburn Gallery

5 October 2019 to 26 October 2019

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October 5th - 26th Patti Lean

Exhibition title: Boreal: paintings from the north. Paintings by Patti Lean

An exciting exhibition of abstract work is set to open on 5th October  at Ottersburn Gallery Dumfries. Ottersburn Gallery aims to promote the creativity of artists across the region and shows a wide variety of works in many styles and media. This exhibition by Patti Lean will be a real high point for Sean McKay, proprietor of Ottersburn, as he is an admirer of Lean's work and has a particular love for her signature abstract style. Ottersburn has shown some works by the artist in recent years as part of mixed shows but this is the first solo show of her work.

The oil and watercolour paintings in this exhibition come from residencies in Iceland and Finland, as well as closer to home, Mossdale and the Scottish west coast.  The work explores environmental subjects such as dying seabirds and plastic waste in the ocean, but is equally concerned with paint and the medium of painting; the joy, surprises and possibilities of the medium.

A keen walker and cyclist, Patti works outdoors from direct observation, through to studio versions that abstract memory and feeling, and take risks with colour, line, form and structure.  Quoting environmentalist Bill McKibben, Patti said ‘What the warming world needs now is art sweet art’. She believes it’s ever more important that the arts turn attention to the beauty and complexity of the world, and the horror of what is happening both locally and globally as climate change kicks in.

Patti lives in Mossdale and works in Crossmichael; she previously taught on the Fine Art degree course at University of Cumbria, and is now working on a PhD informed by The Living Mountain by Scottish writer Nan Shepherd.

 Sean said “We are thrilled and very excited to be hosting Patti’s exhibition here at Ottersburn Gallery.  Her work is loose and bold, bringing out possibilities and excitement in contemporary painting to explore contemporary issues. This show will be all things; inspiring, thrilling and informative.”

Patti will also be holding a workshop and talk at the gallery where more insight to her recent work can be engaged with and discussed. For more details contact Sean McKay at Ottersburn Gallery and Picture Framing.

Gallery opening times:

Exhibition dates: 5th - 26th October 2019

Open Wednesday - Saturday 10- 5 and at other time by arrangement.

Preview 6-8pm Saturday 5th October

Artists talk and workshop 1-5pm Saturday 12th October, booking is required, contact Ottersburn Gallery for more details.